On our way to Dusseldorf...including a kidnapping and abduction across the NL/German border!!

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Leaving Newark

I didn’t sleep much on the flight…I was just too excited!!! But at least I had a person sitting next to me who was willing to lend me her ear, a student from Minnesota traveling to Ireland with a group for a class project. She was probably regretting sitting next to me by the time we landed, though, because I think I talked her ear off.

 

We arrived into Schiphol airport at 8:30 AM. Julie from California had already arrived about an hour earlier, so I spent most of the morning trying to find her; to no avail. Lynn was arriving at 11:00 AM, and Brett and Erin were going to be there at that time to pick all of us up.

Schiphol airport
I waited at Lynn’s gate, wondering if I was ever going to find anyone, when I spotted Erin and Brett coming up. This was the first time meeting Brett, as it would be for Lynn and Julie. But when Lynn came out from her gate I immediately recognized her. Next we found Julie, and then our journey to Dusseldorf began.

 

As we neared Brett’s car I was getting concerned that there wouldn’t be enough room for 5 people and our entire collection of luggage. I was packing more than usual since I had several things for the NYE meet-up to bring. As it turned out, we had just enough room!

Once in the car and on the road, I could sense that we were all going to get along fabulously…just a bunch of crazy, fun-loving travelers ready for some European adventures.

Packing ourselves in Brett's car at the airport.
As we drove on, toward Germany, we started scheming to stop by Ket’s since we would pass right by his town. So Brett called him and gave him forewarning that we would be by. Our next stop was at a service station where there was a windmill nearby. We spent about an hour there having breakfast and taking pictures of the windmill. Next stop…Ket’s!!!

 

I felt like I had already met Ket several times as much as we had communicated through TB, but this was the first time. We proceeded to invade his apartment, use his bathroom, empty our trash, look at his Playboys, drink his water, take pictures, and the girls also had to sit on his bed! haha And then we decided we would just kidnap him and take him to Dusseldorf with us since he had not planned on going. The next thing he knew we were storing our luggage at his place and stuffing Ket into the back of Brett’s car.

Hi Erin!

 

Not too much later and we were crossing the German border!!! So, we had to stop at the service station to get pictures and gas. This was the first time in Germany for Lynn and me, and I can’t remember if Julie had been there before, or not. We were so excited!!! I also tried to get pictures of some German policemen at the station, but they wouldn’t have any of it. Next stop…Dusseldorf! One of the things I always wanted to do was drive fast on the German autobahn!!! Brett was very courageous in turning the wheel over to me, and the next thing I knew I was driving 140 mph on the autobahn!!! I loved it, but the girls in the back must have been terrified!!! (just look at their expressions in the photos) Ket couldn’t care less…he was snoozing in the back.

 

Just before arriving into Dusseldorf I stopped at one of the “ausfahrts” to give the piloting back to Brett.

At Ket's
This was another anxious moment because we were about to meet the Dusseldorf meet-up gang, many of whom I never had met, including fellow chicken Jos! I was a little sad that the one person I wouldn’t meet in Dusseldorf was Lauro. Of course, Lauro was in the Philippines, so we’ll have to wait until next time. And I was also disappointed that Liz couldn't make it, either, because of her car breaking down at the last minute on her way to the airport:( We dropped everyone off at the train station and then Brett and I looked for a place to park. When we walked back to the station, the gang had already formed. There was Anna, Jos, Lieke, Sal, Sven, Thomas, Tom, Erin, Julie, Lynn, and Ket…well, I don’t actually remember everyone who was there at that point. But later we also had Ralph, Wade, Thy, Rosi, Ragnar, and Sebastian…am I forgetting someone???

 

As this blog is called a whirlwind tour, you have to understand I mean that literally!!! Hence, many things I recall may not exactly be as they were, or in chronological order.

Okay, now to get the luggage in the car!
So please don’t hold me responsible for the accuracy of events as they unfold in my story! LOL! I don’t remember the name of the pub we went to, but it was evidently the same place where the big Dusseldorf meet-up was held. I will have to come back and fill in all the details of the night by looking at the pictures (pictures help refresh my memory). After spending time here we found our way to a restaurant to have dinner, and the next thing I knew we were back in the car to take Ket home and then to Brett’s. Lynn, Julie, and I were all probably dragging by now from the combination of jetlag, no sleep, and a crazy night of drinking and socializing. It was a fabulous night! And it was great meeting new TBs!!!

Okay, Erin just informed that we visited the windmill the next day! LOL! I told you I am not responsible for the chronological order of events!!!

dolfijn says:
great story! ;)
Posted on: Jan 10, 2009
festerwretch says:
Congrats on the feature :D
Posted on: Jan 08, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Congrats on your featured! Interesting blog:P
Posted on: Jan 08, 2009
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Leaving Newark
Leaving Newark
Schiphol airport
Schiphol airport
Packing ourselves in Bretts car a…
Packing ourselves in Brett's car …
Hi Erin!
Hi Erin!
At Kets
At Ket's
Okay, now to get the luggage in th…
Okay, now to get the luggage in t…
Hi Lynnie and Julie!
Hi Lynnie and Julie!
Ket and Erin.
Ket and Erin.
Schiphol airport
Schiphol airport
Erin and me.
Erin and me.
Brett, me, and Ket at his place.
Brett, me, and Ket at his place.
The Playboy collection! Brett is h…
The Playboy collection! Brett is …
Outside Kets apartment.
Outside Ket's apartment.
Flying into Amsterdam
Flying into Amsterdam
AMS
AMS
AMS
AMS
Waiting outside Schiphol
Waiting outside Schiphol
Outside Kets apartment complex.
Outside Ket's apartment complex.
Backseat photographers
Backseat photographers
Only 150 kms...well go faster!
Only 150 kms...we'll go faster!
I am driving and the girls are ter…
I am driving and the girls are te…
Well, only Lynnie is scared.
Well, only Lynnie is scared.
Shes still scared...and Erin just…
She's still scared...and Erin jus…
Julie is scared, too???
Julie is scared, too???
Our favorite German sign!
Our favorite German sign!
Hey Ket, wake up or youll get you…
Hey Ket, wake up or you'll get yo…
Lynn is now trusting my driving sk…
Lynn is now trusting my driving s…
Hey Ket! Is it comfortable back th…
Hey Ket! Is it comfortable back t…
Kidnapped Ket!
Kidnapped Ket!
German border...1 km!!!
German border...1 km!!!
Thats me
That's me
Thats the girls
That's the girls
At the gas station...we let Ket ou…
At the gas station...we let Ket o…
Stop!!!
Stop!!!
Brett is driving here.
Brett is driving here.
I havent wrecked yet!
I haven't wrecked yet!
Some of the gang in Dusseldorf
Some of the gang in Dusseldorf
Brett pointing something out
Brett pointing something out
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Taking a photo break
Taking a photo break
Ket getting a pic
Ket getting a pic
This is where we went
This is where we went
Inside
Inside
Yep, here I am driving. I have pro…
Yep, here I am driving. I have pr…
Brett at the wheel
Brett at the wheel
Backseat drivers
Backseat drivers
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Looking for a place to park
Looking for a place to park
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Grabbing some food to hold us over
Grabbing some food to hold us over
Anna and Lieke
Anna and Lieke
Thomas, Brett, and Sal
Thomas, Brett, and Sal
Ralph and Sven
Ralph and Sven
Lynnie and Erin
Lynnie and Erin
Having a German beer
Having a German beer
Nice Christmas tree in Dusseldorf
Nice Christmas tree in Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf Hooters
Dusseldorf Hooters
Erin coming out of the restroom wi…
Erin coming out of the restroom w…
Having breakfast on our way to Dus…
Having breakfast on our way to Du…
Me at the windmill
Me at the windmill
Dinner at Tucans
Dinner at Tucan's
Tucans
Tucan's
Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf
Lynnie and me
Lynnie and me
Lynnie and me at the windmill
Lynnie and me at the windmill
For Lauro!
For Lauro!
Dusseldorf
photo by: Chokk